(Mara Dyer, #1)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Hardcover: 452 pages
Age Group: Young Adult
Challenge: Book Blogger Recommendation, TBR Pile, ABC Reading
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Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
Why did I wait so freaking long to read this?! I was wanting to read this book before it came out, but my library didn't get it in until December. December! It has already been out for nearly four months! This book was so amazing, that I really want to go back and read it already. It's sitting beside me calling my name, begging me to re-read it.
To be honest, the first thing that drew me in was the enticing cover. I saw the cool watery widget on everyone's sidebars counting down to it's release. I was memorized and immediately looked it up on Goodreads. The summary sounded amazing and the trailer really drew me in. And still, even though I knew that it was going to be good, I didn't realize fully HOW amazing.
Everything was amazing; the writing, the characters, the STORY, the mystery. It was all so twisted. I was a little intimidated at first because I hadn't read such a big book in a while because I had been in a reading funk, but I read it faster than I have with books three times as small! I started it on Saturday and finished on Monday. Pages after pages and chapters after chapters just flew by until I realized, "Hey, I only have a little over a hundred pages left."
I think the only thing I had a problem with was what the heck happened to Jaimi? I really thought he'd make it to a regular character, but somehow he slipped through the cracks and just...disappeared. Poof! Something happens with him (Not saying what.) and he's gone. And I really liked him.
But, if I'm being honest, Noah kind of made up for it. Seriously. He's very swoon worthy. He's definitely my favorite character. Oh, and I don't normally do this, but I put an index card to mark one of my favorite scenes with him. It was absolutely hilarious! I have to share!
Noah flashed flashed her a brilliant smile as he dragged a stool to the center of the room. "Definitely," he said. He sat down, and I looked at my blank page, feeling the pressure of his eyes on me the entire time.Who wouldn't want to be in THAT art class. He could be my model any day. ;) (I hope my husband doesn't read this...Oops.)
"Um, wait--"the sub said, a note of desperation in her voice.
My eyes flitted up to the front of the classroom. Noah was in the process of unbuttoning his shirt. Sweet Jesus.
"I'm really not comfortable with--"
He pulled his tie lose. My female classmates tittered.
"Hot. So hot."
He lifted the hem of his T-shirt up. Good-bye, dignity. If Noah heard the girls, he made no indication. He caught my stare and shot me a sly smile."
Overall, this book was amazing. I need the sequel now. I think I'd sell my soul for it. Some parts kind of confused me in this book, but it's meant to. I think everything will be more revealed in the sequel. If you aren't reading this book because of the hype, don't worry about the hype. Just read it. Seriously. You'll be thanking me later for it. I'm already hating myself for not reading it the very second it came out.
The second book in this series is currently Untitled. Click here to add it to your Goodreads. It's marked to release in 2012 but no real date yet.